- The Edinburgh Investment Trust reported a rise in total return in the first half of the year that topped its benchmark.

For the six months ended 30 September, net asset value total return growth was 7.8%, above the 7% return generated by the FTSE All-Share Index.

The company cut its interim dividend to 6p from 6.40p a share a year earlier.

'The portfolio contains a diversified range of businesses, both UK and non-UK listed, that are performing well operationally despite the evident short-term economic uncertainty arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,' the company said.

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